Friday, January 31, 2014

How to Make Dishwasher Safe "Glitter Dipped" Mugs



I am so glad you're here!

Do you love glitter? I do! These sparkly mugs will not only fulfill your innate need for sparkly, beautiful things in your life but they make fabulous gifts as well! 

If you have any questions about the process, materials (or anything else!) leave my a comment or send me an email and I will get back to you!

I first made these mugs for my mom who LOVES sparkles. She had just moved into a new home and needed a housewarming present. These mugs are easy to make and the best part is: they are dishwasher safe!

I know. I'm excited about it, too!

Want to learn how to make them? Here's what you need:



Supplies


Before we dive in, don't forget to pin this post to save it for later!


Directions

Step 1: Tape off mug
Use masking tape to tape off the bottom of your mug. Don't forget to tape off the handle as well!

Step 2: Glitterify!
Use a paintbrush to apply decoupage medium below the tape line. While the medium is still wet, generously douse the mug in glitter. I like to do this over a plain white piece of paper so I can collect any unused glitter and put it back in the bottle. 

While the decoupage medium is still wet, carefully peel up the masking tape.

Set mugs aside to dry glitter side UP! Allow to dry for about 8 hours or overnight before moving on to step 3.

57 comments:

  1. Shoot! So these wouldn't be ready for Valentine's Day. Oh well. I'll have to plan ahead for some other sparkly holiday! Super cute!

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    1. Mother's day? Your birthday? A's birthday? St. Patrick's day?

      You can do this same technique with wine glasses, too. I think it would be fun to have sparkle wine glasses.

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  2. Omigosh I LOVE these! Shared on my FB page and pinning! I want one for myself but what a great handmade gift idea too!

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  3. Can you use the glossy modge podge instead of MS's?

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    1. Mod Podge has a dishwasher safe formula that would be safe to use but regular Mod Podge is water-soluble so would not work well for a washable mug project.

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  4. OK now I have to glitter-ify everything!

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  5. OK now I have to glitter-ify everything!

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  6. Can you go right to the top? I have a bunch of random mugs that I would like to force to match each other, with glitter. So yeah, can the whole outside of the cup/mug be done? Is there a reason you only did half?

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    1. I would hesitate to go right to the top so that you are putting your lips on the glitter and decoupage as you are drinking. In addition to the texture feeling awful, I do not believe the decoupage medium is considered food safe.

      In addition to the reasons mentioned above, I only did half because I like the glitter-dipped look.

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  7. OMG!!! WORDS CANT EXPRESS THE EXCITEMENT!

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  8. I just saw this, but here's a dumb question. Are these microwavable?

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    1. I wouldn't put them on the microwave. Many glitters have metal in them and we all know what that does to a microwave

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  9. Question!! Could you bake them instead of waiting 28 days?! I want to make them for Christmas gifts and add to my etsy shop! Yay!! Or glitter spray paint

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    1. That is a great question. The bottle doesn't offer that as an option so I would advise against it. While glitter spray paint, would make it sparkle, I don't think they would be dishwasher safe.

      If you bust some out this weekend, they'd be ready in time for Christmas. You could even photograph and list them on Etsy and say when they will ship by (ship them the day after the curing period).

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  10. Love these! For the glitter you said you use Martha Stewart, but do you prefer the extra fine or chunkier glitter? I really love the gold mug - which color is that? :) Thanks!

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    1. I personally like the fine glitter but the gold one was with a chunky glitter. I'm sorry that I don't recall the name. Any gold glitter you like will work.

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  11. I am currently making these and bought the Martha Stewart decoupage you have posted. It says on it that it's water based and not dishwasher safe. Are you using something extra to make it safe? Also, ever done sharpie mugs? I did the sharpie first, but wondering if you had any tips for baking it before the glitter. I did paint sharpie

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    1. Does the bottle look like the one I linked to? There are instructions on the bottle for how to cure it to make it dishwasher safe.

      If the bottle you have says it isn't washable, I suspect you didn't get the product you really need.

      I've not made sharpie mugs so I'm no help there but knowing that those have been a big craft fail for some people I would Google it and follow the instructions of a blogger instead of just something from pinterest.I believe it only works with certain kinds of sharpies. You could also use a ceramic painting pen (which I have done). The pens cost about $4 and work great.

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  12. My sharpie came off after I baked and glittered. Came I bake the glitter?

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    1. I would definitely NOT recommend baking the glitter.

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  13. I'm in the process of making one now...would it be beer instead of the generous amount of glue to put several light coats? Mine dripped EVERYWHERE, leaving a glittery drippy mess...I was able to clean it up but my edge isn't as crisp as it once was...also, my glitter has dulled...I've added one more light coat since the generous coat so I'm not finished, so wondering if the shine comes back once all the coats are on and completely cured? Did you notice this when you made yours? thank you :)

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    1. Oh no! That sounds really frustrating. If it turned into a glittery drippy mess, I wonder if your base coat was not totally set yet or if your generous coat was perhaps too generous? Several light coats will work, too, although depending on if you used chunky or fine glitter, that might be harder to do a light coat. I used a foam brush and dabbed mine on (instead of brushing) and it ended up being quite thick because of how the glitter grabbed the decoupage medium.

      Mine turned out wonderfully shiny once set but if the glitter you are using isn't playing nicely with the decoupage medium, that may be it? You might want to try one of the mugs with a different brand of glitter and see if that fixes your issue.

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  14. Which brush did you use for the decoupage? Foam? I did mine with regular paint brush and i can see the lines through the glitter. Also- do you do a heavy first coat before you put glitter on?

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    1. I used the brushes I linked to in the supply list. For the coats after the glitter, application is more of a "dab and smooth" method. Before applying glitter, I used a medium coat - heavy enough for the glitter to stick well, but not so heavy it is runny or drippy.

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  15. Those are beautiful! My wife just made some for us and a few as gifts during Christmas Have a look!

    http://neonmarkt.com/2015/01/28/diy-glitter-mugs/

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  16. I love these but have a question, I too questioned the mod podge vs decoupage idea and from projects in the past mod podged items can be wiped carefully with a damp cloth but not placed in a dishwasher or submerged in water and the decoupage bottle says after curing item can be wiped clean with a damp cloth but not dishwasher safe, so since this was a post from a year ago how have the mugs held up? have you been able to use them in a dishwasher or wash in a sink?

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    1. I checked with my mom and she said her mugs are holding up.

      I have had reports from some people who have said the bottles say you can wipe with a damp cloth. MY bottle says you can wash them on the top rack of the dishwasher.

      I'm inclined to say to stick with the instructions on your bottle. In addition to Martha Stewart decoupage, Plaid also makes "dishwasher safe" Mod Podge which says it makes items top rack safe following the curing period.

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  17. Hi! I tried this and have two questions: what type of glitter did you use (extra fine or regular)? Also, I accidentally used mod podge... can I still use it (and hand wash) or should I throw it out?

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    1. The silver mugs used fine glitter. The gold ones were regular.

      If you used regular Mod Podge, it won't be dishwasher safe. But it would make a fabulous pen holder for your desk perhaps? There is a dishwasher safe Mod Podge formula and that works as well as the Martha Stewart decoupage.

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  18. Have you tried this on other drinking cups? I want to do the steam of a wine glass for my sister so I'm just wondering. She wont be able to put it in the dishwasher as it will have vinyl on it but I would still like to hopefully do this same thing so it makes it better for her to wash. I also was hoping to do this same method on a plastic tumbler.

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    1. I haven't personally done this with wine glasses but have friends who have. I've also done something similar on a glass mason jar that we use (and run through the dishwasher) all the time and it is holding up great. I would hesitate to use it on plastic - I think glass and ceramic are better options but you could always try.

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    2. I haven't personally done this with wine glasses but have friends who have. I've also done something similar on a glass mason jar that we use (and run through the dishwasher) all the time and it is holding up great. I would hesitate to use it on plastic - I think glass and ceramic are better options but you could always try.

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    3. I haven't personally done this with wine glasses but have friends who have. I've also done something similar on a glass mason jar that we use (and run through the dishwasher) all the time and it is holding up great. I would hesitate to use it on plastic - I think glass and ceramic are better options but you could always try.

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  19. Your link to the glitter on amazon seems broken :( Could you update? Thanks!!!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Karen! I just updated the link in the supply list.

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  20. I love them, I need one right now lol! Amazing!

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  21. Probably a stupid question, but I assume since they are top rack dishwasher safe then they can be hand washed as well? Also, where can the decoupage be purchased that isn't online?

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    1. Yes! They can definitely be hand washed. You can find Martha Stewart decoupage medium at Michaels.

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  22. Trying this on plastic coffee mugs now. Hopefully it will work!!

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    1. I've never tried this on plastic. I'd love to hear whether or not it works

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  23. Absolutely darling. Would even be really cute for a wedding gift! You could make a His and Hers.

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    1. That's a great idea! Who wouldn't love a gift like that?

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  24. I've seen people do this with nail varnish I am definitely have a go!

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    1. I definitely wouldn't do it with nail varnish - it isn't durable enough in the long run (plus the fumes!). With the decoupage formula, though, it turns out fabulously!

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  25. I read somewhere else (sorry, can't recall where) that it is bets to let the mug dry unused for 28 days. Is that your experience too?
    Thanks for sharing this lovely project, by the way!

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    1. Yes! This is absolutely the case. Make sure you hit the button to go to the next step which covers sealing the glitter and the 28 day curing time needed to make them dishwasher safe.

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    2. Thanks! I can't wait to make them, they look fantastic. My daughter will love to have one, I am sure. I can also send some to the other girls in my family. I wonder if there are any glue/peel lettering that can be used in order to make them even more special, with an initial...

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    3. Yes. I did this project with a heart shape (see it here: Glitter Heart Mason Jar) You could absolutely use the same technique with letter shapes.

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    4. Absolutely lovely, Carissa! Thank you so much for forwarding the info. I can't wait to make them! I'm afraid I'm going to go crazy and do all kinds of things. Well, many of my friends will end up with (hopefully) beautiful glittery mugs, lol!

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  26. I have a question about adding vinyl lettering to the mugs. How would I create a dishwasher safe mug with both glitter and a little saying in vinyl on it too. Would those both be put in the oven together or would I do the glitter first and then add the vinyl after? I want to do these for Christmas gifts instead of going broke on things everyone returns.

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    1. First, neither the glitter nor the vinyl should go in the oven! Please please read the whole tutorial - no oven is needed!

      Second, for doing vinyl, I would do the glitter first. Once it is completely dry, add the vinyl. When applied properly, most vinyl is dishwasher safe as well.

      Good luck!

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  27. Good post. Thanks a lot, Crissa. I have few question.
    1. Can I use any brand of decoupage?
    2. Can I glitter on a glass instead?
    3. I am also thinking of paint something on the glass along with the glitter, does the glass need to be heat-sealed? (Do you know what kind of paint I need, I now have the basic acrylic paints, don't know if it will last long.)
    Thanks a lot!!!

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    1. Good Questions!

      1 - NO! You MUST use Martha Stewart Decoupage Medium OR Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge in order for them to be dishwasher safe. If you click the link in the supplies list, it will send you to the right product if you want to buy it online.

      2 - Yes! I've done this and it works beautifully. Just follow the instructions the same as for the mug.

      3 - You can use Martha Stewart Multisurface Craft Paint (http://amzn.to/1ttCUFu) OR Folk Art Multisurface paint (http://amzn.to/1ZNfzbu) to paint the glasses. After curing, both of these formulas will be dishwasher safe. There are other brands you can use which involve baking, but I have personally gotten the best results with these.

      Good luck!

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    2. Thanks Carissa,
      I don't really have time to order all the supplies online now.
      If I go about using regular Acrylic paint or all-purpose paint,
      Should I apply Mod Podge to seal it and let it air dry or oven?
      or should I use a spray and let it oven dry?

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    3. You could try using Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge over a different brand of acrylic paint (it MUST be the dishwasher safe formula - there are dozens of Mod Podge formulas - this is the ONLY one that lets your dishes be washable when it is cured). I've never actually done this myself, so I can't guarantee it will work.

      For your best results, I highly recommend the Martha Stewart Multisurface or FolkArt Multisurface paints. These are available at both Jo-Ann and Michael's stores locally if you don't want to order online. I know it's annoying to buy a supply you don't already own but to know your beautiful painting will actually survive heavy use might be worth a trip to the store if you don't want to order online.

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    4. Thank you so much Crissa. All the best.

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